We asked Etienne Giraud about the new project Tartiflat. At the end of October there was the first Tartiflat jam at the famous (and beautiful) spot at a lake in Annecy. Whats next?
"Tartiflat is the name of our association created by Thomas Deschenaux, Kevin Fessenmeyer and me. The goal is to create a flatland event like a contest or simply a jam. Also, we want to use our association to have an access to a hall for the winter days.
The name of tartiflat come from a famous local dish, "tartiflette" : potatoes, cheese (reblochon), beacon, cream, oignon. May you know if you have already came to ski in french alps.
We have organized a jam at end of October to celebrate the creation of our association. We plan to organize a second jam the next spring."
We're happy to see flatland is alive in Russia and in the capital Moscow! This edit is showing a couple of riders from Moscow at their local spots. In the middle of the edit there is some contest footage. We haven't heard of events in Russia this year. Let us know if you have some details about contests that we missed this year or upcoming events: email@example.com
Featured riders: Sergey Shanko; Niaz Zaripov (Kazan'); Vova Isaev (Rostov); Danila Bezushko; Ivan Chaplygin; Oleg Efimov (Krasnoyarsk). Edited by: Ivan Chaplygin. (@ivanchaplygin)
On another note, there is also a rather young show team from Russia: bmxshow.ru.
We watched this super cool edit of the Isogai family at their daily practice session. It's really impressive! This could be the most talented flatland family on the planet! If we understand the description right this is Takumi Isogai (who successfully competed at the KOG already) and his sister at their daily practice session. In the description it says "Takuya Isogai" but that's probably a typo.
However, when checking for Takumi's correct name we came across the edit above which is only 2 months old and didn't get much attention as it seems. Check it out!
Two highlight edits of the Level Vibes contest are already online. In this short (but sweet) edit you get to see lot's of stem magic from Martti, Keelan showing his nose manual progress and of course creative whiplash and nose manual variations by Michele form Italy. Worth watching!
Click here for the second video which is 9min long.
Martti is on a mission to win everything ;-) Congratulations! First place at Level Vibes for him. Fun fact .. it looks like Navid Saleki competed in all classes. He won the expert class and moved up to pro, that was probably part of the contest format. However, in the old school class we see him as well. What about the beginner class, Navid? Cool to see Michaelle Maiolani from Italy on the podium. We are looking forward to some contest footage!
Pro 1st Martti Kuoppa 2nd Michelle Maiolani 3rd Keelan Phillips 4th Gonzalo Bellanti 5th Alex Jumelin 6th Matti Hemmings 7th Navid Saleki 8th Steve Green 9th Andy Hale 10th Jason Forde 11th Denes Katona 12th Rob Alton 13th Amos Burke
Expert 1st Navid Saleki 2nd Jussi Laukkanen 3rd Lee Wilson 4th Gregory Frigoris 5th Yinka Thomas 6th Johann Chan 7th Pinoski 8th TGM Maz 9th Andy Wood 10th Mike P 11th Howard Avery 12th Stuey 13th Oliver Griffin
Old School 1st Rob Alton 2nd Julian JJ Morton 3rd James White 4th TGM Maz 5th Jason Forde 6th Stuey 7th Chris Job 8th Johann Chan 9th Amos Burke 10th Navid Saleki 11th Neil Waddington 12th Dini Kennedy 13th Morgan Gleave
Beginner 1st Darren Claggett 2nd Simon Coulson 3rd Dini Kennedy
We already mentioned Flatland Tricky several times and now it's finally available for iOS: "Imagine being able to study BMX Flat tricks in dynamic 3D so that you can really see how they are done. Designed by riders for riders, Flatland Tricky brings you thirty great flat tricks with a completely innovative viewing control so that you get right in close to the action. Learn how simple and complex tricks are done so you can push your own performance to new limits."
Features for each trick: - browse the trick in 360° - choose your point of view with the free viewpoint player - freeze the action - navigate frame by frame - zoom in on points of interest - lock on the Rider-Cam to follow the rider during the trick - track your progress
The tricks have been grouped by difficulty. So far the following tricks are available:
The final round of Trans Jam 2015 took place last weekend. As usual it was the BMX Fest in Greenville, NC, USA. Dane Beardsley won the flatland pro class. Congratulations! At the beginning of the official highlight edit there is some footage of the flatland contest.
Flat Pro 1st Dane Beardsley 2nd James McGraw 3rd Joe Cicman 4th Todd Carter 5th Isaiah Jordan 6th Keith King
Expert 1st Troy Haynes 2nd Kevin Washington 3rd Andrew Sheltraw 4th Kyle Hogue 5th Justin Morrison
Beginner 1st Justin Oh 2nd Colin Carter 3rd Camden Carter 4th David McDuffie 5th Todd Shoemaker
The Flatland Year End Champions have been announced as well: Pro: Keith King Expert: Andrew Sheltraw Beginner: Todd Shoemaker
George got injured very early when the Heresy team met in Vienna to film their sick new team edit. So unfortunately we didn't get to see many of his tricks then. Now here is an update and for once it's not one of the very artistic edits but simply George in bright daylight ;-) Enjoy some creative pegless tricks!
The Come Up BMX is interviewing many flatlanders these days. This time it's Simon O'Brien's turn. They are covering many topics from his early days of riding aaaaall the way to winning the X Games, his DVD project and so on. The interviews are available on Soundcloud and iTunes as well if that works better for you. This week they also posted an interview with Tim Knoll. Lots of listening for those boring winter days ...